Processing and Control for Professional AV Installations

Control Server

A flexible and extensible approach to the control of Symetrix Composer-enabled DSPs and select third-party AV components. Centralized server-based technology enables comprehensive design, deployment, and maintenance of large and sophisticated systems employing numerous control endpoints supporting multiple simultaneous users.

Series Features

  • A web services platform for AV control.
  • Programmed using Composer software.
  • Built-in wireless and wired connectivity.
  • Browser-based administration and control.
  • Serves BYOD computers, tablets, and phones.
  • WI-FI access makes for a secure “AV control island”.

Network-based AV Management.  Control Server is a flexible and extensible approach to the control of Symetrix Composer-enabled DSPs and select third-party AV components. The centralized server-based technology enables comprehensive design, deployment, and maintenance of large and sophisticated systems employing numerous control endpoints supporting multiple simultaneous users.

Wired and wireless network interfaces.  Control Server’s wired Gigabit Ethernet port enables control via dedicated AV or general purpose facility networks, as well as direct communication with networked DSP hardware. Operating in wireless mode, Control Server functions as an access point providing mobile device connectivity – in essence providing a secure “AV control island”.

Straight-forward Setup and Deployment.  Control Server is designed into a system using Composer – Symetrix’ award winning open-architecture application. Composer is used to locate and program Control Server and other Symetrix DSPs and accessories. Control Server’s browser-based administration is then used to manage app licenses, users, and user access.

SymVue for Control Server.  Award winning SymVue running on Control Server hardware makes possible robust deployment and maintenance of large scale systems by supporting numerous and diverse browser-based endpoints under the control of multiple simultaneous users. Learn more about SymVue here.

Mixer for Control Server.  Mixer supports up to 32 virtual channel strips, each with an assignable fader and a mute button, and dynamic screen-sizing and orientation. Mixer can be used on virtually any mobile device. Users can group and hide channels, assign custom labels and colors, and adjust fader resolution and travel. Multi-touch functionality makes possible simultaneous adjustment of multiple faders, just like a physical mixer. A Mixer instance can be saved to a smart device’s home page for instant access, appearing as a native app. Multiple users can operate the same instance, and user access control can be provided via username and password security for each user.

Benefits of the “App” Model.  Because apps are virtual, they serve to reduce overall system costs by cutting down on hardware requirements. Unlike Control Server apps, functionally equivalent hardware products are expensive and prone to wear, tear, and failure.

Unlimited Programming Flexibility.  Control Server is programmed using Composer – Symetrix’ award winning open-architecture programming application. Unique to Composer is the ability to natively configure Symetrix and select third party Dante hardware – thereby eliminating the confusion of multiple or redundant software applications. Learn more about Composer here.

Control Server

ModelPart Number
Control Server80-0119

ProcessorIntel® 64 Architecture Chipset.
Ethernet CableStandard CAT5e or CAT6, maximum device-to-device length = 100 meters.
Maximum Devices Per System80 units per Site File.
Maximum Stored Presets1000.
EthernetIntegrated Intel® 10/100/1000 Network Connection.
Wi-FiIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n.
USBTwo Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports.
ChipsetAtheros XSPAN family with SST3™, with increased link rate by 100% at short range, 50% at mid-range and 25% at long range.
TypeIEEE 802.11n compliant and backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g.
Power19 dBm maximum output (per chain) /22 dBm (aggregate).
FrequencySimultaneous dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS).
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n: 2.412-2.462 GHz.
IEEE 802.11a/n: 5.18-5.24 + 5.745-5.825 GHz (US) 5.18-5.24 GHz (Europe ETSI).
Data Transfer RatesUp to 300 Mbps.
Radio Data RatesAuto rate sensing.
EnhancementsDual-band 2x2 spatial multiplexing, cyclic-delay diversity (CDD), low-density parity check (LDPC), maximum ratio combining (MRC), space time block code (STBC) and Tx beamforming (TxBF).
AntennaeTwo RP-SMA (reverse-polarity SMA) auto switching omni-directional antennae providing 1.5 dBi nominal gain at2.4 GHz and 2.1 dBi nominal at 5 GHz.
InternationalMulti-Country Roaming Supported (IEEE 802.1d Global Harmonization Standard).
Security40-bit (also called 64-bit) and 128-bit WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, and WPA/WPA2 Enterprise, IEEE 802.11i encryption.
Number of Simultaneous Connections50.
Space RequiredHalf rack unit (WDH: 20.83 cm x 22.86 cm x 4.37 cm / 8.2 in. x 9 in. x 1.72 in.)
Depth does not include antenna or connector allowance.
Allow at least 3 inches additional clearance for front and rear panel connections. Additional depth may be required depending upon your specific wiring and connections.
Electrical12 VDC @ 2.5 A, 30 Watts Maximum. Symetrix part number 12-0036,
CUI part number SMI36-12-V-P6.
VentilationMaximum recommended ambient operating temperature is 30 C / 86 F.
Ensure that the left and right equipment sides are unobstructed (5.08 cm, 2 in
minimum clearance). The ventilation should not be impeded by covering the ventilation
openings with items such as newspapers, tablecloths, curtains, etc.
Certifications or ComplianceSAFETY: UL/CSA/EN 60065
EMC: FCC 15.107, FCC 15.109, ICES-003, EN 300 328 V2.1.1, EN 301
489-17 v3.1.1, EN 301 893 V2.1.1, EN 55103-2, EN 55032, EN 61000-4-5,
EN 61000-3-2.
FCC: Part 15 Subpart C, Subpart E (UNII-1/2/2Ext/3). ID: N6C-SXPCEAN2.
Shipping Weight5.2 lbs. (2.4 kg)

Frequently Asked Questions

Control Server

  • Can I purchase more Control Server licenses?

    Yes. Contact the Symetrix Sales Department for details on purchasing more Control Server licenses; or (425) 778-7728.

  • What is the difference between a Configuration, License, and Application in Control Server?

    A configuration is any number of single control screens grouped/exported together that act as one “set” of pages or screens. You can have any number of available configurations (sets of control screens) loaded into the Control Server. The number of licenses available determines how many of those configurations are allowed to be available to users. You can have any number of users with varying access to any number of the available licensed configurations. Every Control Server comes with 5 licenses, but more can be purchased if necessary.

    These control screens are used through the SymVue Application, which is the same medium we use for our export to touchscreen or Windows PC. The Event Scheduler and Mixer apps you may see in Control Server or on export are not related to these control screen configurations.

  • Why is my Control Server control screen showing a timeout error “Not yet received subscription response”?

    This usually means the control subscriptions between the Contrrol Server and the site file/DSP programming have failed or haven’t been updated. This error can also be due to IP conflicts on the network, or a loss of network communication between the DSP and the controlling Control Server. In most cases re-exporting the control screen configuration with “Go online with Composer site file” checked will also update the DSP archive and correct this issue.

  • How do I upgrade the Control Server firmware?

    The Control Server must be upgraded through its web GUI. Locate the Control Server in Composer, open its web GUI, and log in as an Admin. Then go to Menu > Management > Update. Click Browse and navigate to your system directory; C:Program Files (x86)Symetrix[Composer version]Upgrade > “ControlServer…”. We recommend a known version upgrade path of 5.x > 7.x > 8.2 > 8.5/current. Please be aware that certain step upgrades do not allow retrograde below that level.


    • Ensure there is a backup of the site file/programming before performing a firmware upgrade.
    • Disable Windows Firewall and any other firewalls/anti-virus/anti-malware.
    • Do not upgrade firmware over Wi-Fi.